Celebrating love – marriage equality for all

“Loving someone and having them love you back is the most precious thing in the world.”

Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue

I applaud the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex marriage is NOW legal nationwide. It’s about time!

Yes, the rights of both gay and lesbian couples were predominantly at the heart of this enduring debate, but what I always felt was on trial was the act of true love.

I’ve long been a believer that no organized government, no religious institution, no one should ever possess the power to tell someone who they can and cannot choose to legally marry.

Marriage is a gift between two individuals willing to commit their lives and their hearts to something greater than themselves.

To share in the joys and struggles of life together – able to conquer anything life throws your way; comforted by the fact that someone’s always looking out for you.

To know there’s always someone there to care for you with sympathy, compassion and patience – for part of truly loving someone is loving them more when they’re not themselves.

To never be alone on days of darkness – having someone who understands that sometimes simply listening is the greatest gift you can offer.

Someone who respects and appreciates your differences, refuses to entertain societal stereotypes, greets you with a smile in the morning and an “I love you” before you go to sleep.

When you find someone you love so completely and honestly, you want nothing more than to commit the rest of your life to the miracle that is true love.

For those who’ve spent so much time fighting against same-sex marriage, I feel sorry for you. It’s obvious that you’ve never experienced what “true love” is all about.

Because if you had in your lifetime, you would never have tried to stop the union of two people who’ve miraculously found each other in this crazy world of ours.

“Remember that you don’t choose love; love chooses you. All you really can do is accept it for all its mystery when it comes into your life.”

Kent Nerburn